RO­MANY AND TRAV­ELLER FAM­ILY

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Tracey Emin comes from a mixed her­itage back­ground; her father was a Turk­ish Cypriot and her mother was English. She knew lit­tle more about her ma­ter­nal side and this was the fo­cus for her jour­ney. Tracey was keen to dis­cover some­thing out of the or­di­nary as she didn’t want to be too con­ven­tional. She wasn’t dis­ap­pointed then when she learned that a branch of her ma­ter­nal side was from gypsy stock. Tracey’s great great grand­fa­ther, Joseph Hodgkins was from the Hodgkins gypsy clan.

There are cer­tain clues that may alert you that your an­ces­tor was a gypsy – th­ese could be oc­cu­pa­tions (com­mon ones be­ing hawker, tin­ker, bas­ket maker); res­i­dences ( of­ten gypsy fam­i­lies would be liv­ing in tents on census re­turns); mo­bil­ity ( chil­dren be­ing born in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions) or parish records (they may state that the fam­ily are gyp­sies). For ex­am­ple on the 1851 census, Joseph Hodgkins’ chil­dren were born in dif­fer­ent parts of the Mid­lands and an­other census re­turn had his father, Ed­ward Hodgkins’, oc­cu­pa­tion as “tin­ker”. If you do find that your an­ces­tor was a gypsy the Ro­many and Trav­eller Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety can pro­vide fur­ther in­for­ma­tion at

The web­site it­self is a use­ful tool for re­search and pro­vides a great deal of in­for­ma­tion about gypsy ge­neal­ogy for free.

rtfhs.org.uk.

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